Recommended: This feature-length documentary on the global water crisis, which we saw screened at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin recently, features powerful film footage and commentary by leading water expert Peter Gleick, Earth System scientist Jay Famiglietti at UC-Irvine, environmental activist Erin Brockovich, Robert Glennon at the Univ. of Arizona, biologist Tyrone Hayes at UC-Berkeley, Tim Barnett at Scripps, and others.  Directed by Academy Award-winning Jessica Yu.  The film is very much worth seeing.  In theaters starting May 4.  See below for upcoming festival screenings.

Synopsis by Participant Media:

Firmly establishing the urgency of the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, this documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon and social entrepreneurs championing revolutionary solutions, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we are willing to act now.

Director Jessica Yu on IMDB

Upcoming Screenings

March 21, 7:00 pm: National Museum of Natural History in Washington,
DC, DC Environmental Film Festival (FREE)

March 30 & 31: Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, OH

March 30 & April 4: Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix, AZ

April 19: NewportFILM, Newport, RI

April 29, May 1 & May 3: San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

April 13 – May 3: select screenings at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute: The World’s Water, Vol. 7; Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water

Robert Glennon, University of Arizona: Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It

A few very early reviews here and here.